Top 250 Prospect Lists

Top 250 Prospect Lists

Submitted by NOLA Blue on June 10th, 2011 at 6:31 PM

With the two new commits, Michigan now has 11 prospects who have made at least one of the recruiting sites' (Rivals, Scouts, 247, ESPN) Top-250 lists.  (150 for ESPN)

4 lists:  ILB James Ross, CB Terry Richardson

3 lists:  OT Erik Magnuson, WDE Tom Strobel, OLB Royce Jenkins-Stone

2 Lists:  ILB Joe Bolden

1 List:  TE Devin Funchess, WDE Mario Ojemudia, WDE Pharaoh Brown, DT/SDE Matthew Godin, ILB Kaleb Ringer

Obviously, LB and DE are stacked... each position is filled completely with recruits who have made at least one Top-250 list.  Pretty impressive.  I can't wait until a few more of these OL recruits drop.  I would imagine they will be quite pleased to have that defensive front 7 to practice against for the next 4 years.  It looks like Hoke's focus is the defensive front 7 and the offensive front 6; where championships are made!  Go Blue, baby!!!

TomVH: Michigan Prospects in the Rivals 250

TomVH: Michigan Prospects in the Rivals 250

Submitted by TomVH on May 10th, 2011 at 5:08 PM

The Rivals top 100 came out yesterday and there seemed to be a lot of confusion about the lack of midwest prospects. The complete 250 rankings are now out and it's looking a little more balanced. Here's a look at the top 250 prospects that Michigan is still in on with a little commentary as well.

Overall Ranking Position & Name State Star Ranking Summary
#1 WR Dorial Green Beckham MO 5 Star Without an elite QB like Zeke Pike in this class don't get your hopes up.
#4 DT Eddie Goldman DC 5 Star Goldman still lists Michigan as a school of interest, but there won't be much to go on until he visits.
#6 DT Ellis McCarthy CA 5 Star McCarthy has expressed interest in Michigan, but I wouldn't be surprised if he stayed on the west coast.
#8 WR Stefon Diggs MD 5 Star Michigan is still in the conversation, but until he visits there might not be a lot to go off of.
#13 DE Noah Spence PA 5 Star Spence lists Michigan as a school of interest, but it will take a lot for them to reel him in.
#15 OL Andrus Peat AZ 5 Star Andrus' brother Todd committed to Nebraska in the 2011 class. I would be surprised if he picked Michigan.
#19 QB Gunner Kiel IN 5 Star Kiel took a visit to Michigan recently. He's very quiet as far as media attention. I have a feeling a school like Oklahoma has a good shot with him. 
#28 OL Kyle Murphy CA 4 Star Murphy has expressed a lot of interest in Michigan. They have a decent shot, but again I wouldn't be surprised if he stayed on the west coast.
#29 DT Tommy Schutt IL 4 Star Schutt hasn't mentioned Michigan in awhile. If they can get him to visit they might have a chance, but it looks like they're on the outside for now.
#31 OL Zach Banner WA 4 Star Banner has expressed a lot of interest in Michigan, and plans on taking an official. 
#32 WR Durron Neal MO 4 Star Just received a Michigan offer, we'll see how much interest he has.
#34 OL Erik Magnuson CA 4 Star Magnuson is very interested in Michigan, they have a good shot.
#37 ATH Devin Fuller NJ 4 Star Fuller has been relatively quiet lately, but he has maintained that he will visit Michigan in the summer. We'll know more once that happens.
#45 OL Jordan Simmons CA 4 Star Simmons has a lot of interest in Michigan. He's taking things slow for now. He has genuine interest in Michigan, but I wouldn't be surprised if he stayed out west.
#48 DE Ifeadi Odenigbo OH 4 Star Odenigbo has Michigan on the outside of his top group that includes Ohio State, Stanford, and Notre Dame. He plans on taking a visit to Ann Arbor in June, so we'll see if that changes anything.
#55 RB Keith Marshall NC 4 Star Marshall has Michigan in his top ten, but I believe he'll end up staying down south.
#60 DE Tyriq McCord FL 4 Star Just received a Michigan offer. I haven't spoken to him yet about where he's at.
#61 DE Se'von Pittman OH 4 Star Pittman has expressed interest in Michigan, and it seems like there's a shot. 
#65 DB Deon Bush FL 4 Star Early on Bush had expressed some big time interest in Michigan, but it seems like that's slowed down. I wouldn't be surprised to see him stay in Florida.
#67 DT Jarron Jones NY 4 Star Jones is committed to PSU, but recently told an ESPN analyst that he still plans on visiting Michigan in the summer.
#72 QB Zeke Pike KY 4 Star I'll just keep him on here because it's not signing day yet.
#74 ATH DJ Foster AZ 4 Star DJ just received a Michigan offer. Oregon is probably his early leader, but he said he would like to visit Michigan.
#86 DE Adolphus Washington OH 4 Star Washington recently told me that he's wide open and really likes what the Michigan coaches are about. He'll be a package deal with teammate WR Dwayne Stanford. Ohio State may be tough to beat.
#88 DE Greg McMullen OH 4 Star Ohio State will be tough to beat for Greg as well. Anything can happen though with the NCAA investigation looming.
#93 WR Dwayne Stanford OH 4 Star Same situation as Adolphus Washington.
#96 WR Jordan Payton CA 4 Star Committed to USC, but will be taking looks at other schools. Michigan is a school that he really wanted to hear from. 
#103 OL Max Tuerk CA 4 Star He spoke very highly of Michigan, and it seems like they have a shot. It's California though so he may end up staying closer to home.
#124 RB Bri'onte Dunn OH 4 Star Fresh off a visit to Michigan, Dunn is watching the NCAA investigation very closely at OSU. There's a lot that could happen here.
#130 OL Evan Boehm MO 4 Star Says he has interest in Michigan and would like to make it up for a visit. Until then I wouldn't get excited.
#134 WR Aaron Burbridge MI 4 Star Burbridge was just in Ann Arbor with now Michigan commits Devin Funchess, Mario Ojemudia, and James Ross. He will be back up with his mother within two weeks. He'll be choosing between Michigan and MSU. Michigan has a real shot.
#136 ATH Davonte Neal AZ 4 Star The Michigan coaches stopped in Scottsdale to check out Davonte this past week. No offer yet, which is surprising. I think he'll end up staying out west.
#137 OL Paul Thurston CO 4 Star Thurston actually just took a trip to Ann Arbor. I think Michigan has a very good chance here.
#139 DB Wayne Morgan NY 4 Star Morgan's coach has told me that Michigan and Rutgers are at the top of Wayne's list. Michigan has been making a surge, and I wouldn't be surprised if they have taken the lead over the hometown Scarlet Knights.
#140 DT Jaleel Johnson IL 4 Star Johnson was just offered by Michigan and plans to visit relatively soon. He's starting to gain some attention from Ohio State. I think Michigan has a real chance here.
#152 OL Kyle Dodson OH 4 Star Dodson has seen his recruitment take off with offers from Alabama and Auburn recently. He still maintains that Michigan is one of his top schools. I think they have a good chance.
#184 RB Greg Garmon PA 4 Star Garmon should be visiting Michigan in the next couple weeks. They are in the top three with UNC and Penn State, but I think Michigan is behind both.
#187 DB Armani Reeves MA 4 Star Reeves will be narrowing his list down soon, but has said that Michigan will be right in there. I think he has some schools in mind that stick out, and I also think Michigan is in pretty good standing right now.
#191 OL Shane Callahan CO 4 Star Callahan has mentioned Michigan as one of his favorites, and I think there's a good shot here.
#194 WR Amara Darboh IA 4 Star Darboh has told me that he's intrigued by Michigan, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him pick elsewhere.
#195 DB Terry Richardson MI 4 Star Terry could be deciding as early as next week. With his friends on board Michigan has a really good shot.
#209 OL Jordan Diamond IL 4 Star Diamond has been public with how he feels about Michigan. He plans on taking his time with everything, but Michigan is in great shape.
#222 DT Danny O'Brien MI 4 Star There's been a lot of questions about Danny lately and where he's at with Michigan. I think Michigan has backed off of him a little bit, but I'm not sure why.
#231 DT Tom Strobel OH 4 Star Strobel has said he wants to visit Michigan. If he does then they have a shot. Ohio State might be tough to beat.
#242 OL JJ Denman PA 4 Star Denman has Michigan in his top group and has said he really likes Michigan. I think they have a good shot with JJ.
#246 DT Ondre Pipkins MO 4 Star Pipkins really likes Michigan, has connections with former Michigan players, and still has relatives living there. Michigan has a very good chance with Ondre.

By my count that's 45 prospects in the top 250 that Michigan is recruiting and has somewhat of a chance with. Before you ask, yes I'm surprised that Chris Wormley isn't in the top 250. That seems weird.

I think Michigan has a realistic chance with a good amount of these top 250 players. Among those are:

DT Ondre Pipkins, OL JJ Denman, OL Jordan Diamond, DB Terry Richardson, OL Shane Callahan, DB Armani Reeves, OL Kyle Dodson, DT Jaleel Johnson, DB Wayne Morgan, OL Paul Thurston, WR Aaron Burbridge, OL Erik Magnuson, and OL Zach Banner.

TomVH: Top 250 Prospects Still Listing Michigan

TomVH: Top 250 Prospects Still Listing Michigan

Submitted by TomVH on October 9th, 2010 at 1:54 AM


Just thought I would throw this out there after Demetrius Hart's commitment. Here are the recruits in Rivals top 250 that are still listing Michigan in their top group. 

  • #5 De'Anthony Thomas- 5 star, 5'9", 160 lbs., Athlete/Defensive Back
  • #9 Curtis Grant- 5 star, 6'3", 222 lbs, Linebacker
  • #10 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix- 5 star, 6'2", 190 lbs, Safety
  • #11 Karlos Williams- 5 star, 6'2", 210 lbs, Safety
  • #18 Ray Drew- 4 star, 6'5", 243 lbs, Defensive end
  • #33 Kris Frost- 4 star, 6'3", 210 lbs, Wide Receiver/Linebacker
  • #43 Sammy Watkins- 4 star, 6'1", 180 lbs, Wide Receiver
  • #53 Timmy Jernigan- 4 star, 6'2", 275 lbs, Defensive tackle
  • #65 Anthony Zettel - 4 star, 6'4", 245 lbs, Defensive End
  • #87 Wayne Lyons- 4 star, 6'0", 190 lbs, Safety
  • #118 Charles Jackson- 4 star, 5'11", 180 lbs, Defensive back
  • #148 Deion Barnes- 4 star, 6'5", 225 lbs, Defensive end
  • #157 Avery Walls - 4 star, 5'11", 184 lbs, Safety
  • #185 Mickey Johnson- 4 star, 6'1", 310 lbs, Defensive tackle
  • #193 Chris Bryant- 4 star, 6'5", 330 lbs, Offensive line
  • #214 Austin Traylor- 4 star, 6'4", 210 lbs, Defensive end
  • #216 Sheldon Royster- 4 star, 6'0", 185 lbs, Defensive back 

With the commitments of Demetrius Hart (#37) and Brennen Beyer (#191) Michigan already has two prospects in the top 250. So on that list who do we have the most realistic shot at?

The prospects that Michigan has a very high chance with off that list are:

  • #33 Kris Frost - listed in his top two with Auburn.
  • #65 Anthony Zettel - Waiting until the end of the season to decide.
  • #157 Avery Walls - Will be announcing within the month, visiting Cal this weekend.
  • #193 Chris Bryant - Should be deciding relatively soon. Down to Michigan, Stanford, and Arizona.

The prospects that I think Michigan still has a good shot with are:

  • #18 Ray Drew - I'm including him on this list because I think he has genuine interest in Michigan. His mom doesn't want him to leave home though so it may be tough.
  • #43 Sammy Watkins - We're in great shape with his teammate Dallas Crawford. The more I hear, the more it sounds like Sammy might really be considering Michigan.
  • #87 Wayne Lyons - I'll have a full update in the Weekly Update on Monday, but Michigan is back in his top list.
  • #148 Deion Barnes - Penn State may lead, but he'll be visiting after his season so anything can happen.

Finally, off this list here are the prospects that we either need to wait and see with, or we may not have a great shot with:

  • #5 De'Anthony Thomas - He told me he will visit if Michigan offers, but I'm not sure if there's enough to make him decommit from USC.
  • #9 Curtis Grant - I think he ends up at Alabama or Florida. He insists that he will try to visit Michigan.
  • #10 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix - Recently told the Orlando Sentinel that he's 100% committed to Alabama, but they also reported that Demetrius Hart was an Alabama lean. If he takes his visit to Michigan for the Wisconsin game there's a chance.
  • #11 Karlos Williams - Currently committed to Florida State told me that he will be taking an official visit after his season is over. Michigan needs to continue winning to impress him.
  • #53 Timmy Jernigan - Timmy always mentions Michigan in his top group, but I just haven't seen enough to take him seriously.
  • #118 Charles Jackson - I've heard that he may be favoring Nebraska right now. He told me he wants to visit Michigan. We'll have to wait to see if that actually happens.
  • #185 Mickey Johnson - Mickey has a new leader every week. Michigan is listed in his top group with Tennessee, Nebraska, UCLA, and LSU. His group and list changes so much I don't know what to believe. 
  • #214 Austin Traylor - Told me recently that Michigan is in his top ten and that he would like to visit. Until he narrows his list down further we won't know how high his interest level actually is.
  • #216 Sheldon Royster - New Jersey safety has been quiet with his recruitment, but has always had Michigan on his list. Until he visits I'm not including him on the high chance list.